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  • Mortal Engines

  • Mortal Engines, Book 1
  • By: Philip Reeve
  • Narrated by: Barnaby Edwards
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,730
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,349
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 4,341

Welcome to the astounding world of Predator Cities! Emerging from its hiding place in the hills, the great Traction City is chasing a terrified little town across the wastelands. Soon, London will feed. In the attack, Tom Natsworthy is flung from the speeding city with a murderous scar-faced girl. They must run for their lives through the wreckage - and face a terrifying new weapon that threatens the future of the world.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • How have I never heard of this?

  • By Chris on 03-05-19

Good Story but not great writing

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-02-19

This is one of those novels that has a great concept but the depth of the characters are shallow. Maybe that will come with the sequels. I will listen to them as well but I’m certainly not dying to listen to the next one.

  • Educated

  • A Memoir
  • By: Tara Westover
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 47,012
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 42,488
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 42,305

Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches. In the summer she stewed herbs for her mother, a midwife and healer, and in the winter she salvaged in her father's junkyard. Her father forbade hospitals, so Tara never saw a doctor or nurse. Gashes and concussions, even burns from explosions, were all treated at home with herbalism. Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Her quest for knowledge transformed her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Other Side of Idaho's Mountains

  • By Darwin8u on 03-28-18

A Must Listen!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-16-18

I typically do not enjoy listening to non-fiction but this story is powerful and entertaining. The pain and suffering is palpable while her ability to overachieve based on her upbringing is enthralling.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  • Bobiverse, Book 1
  • By: Dennis E. Taylor
  • Narrated by: Ray Porter
  • Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68,976
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 64,735
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 64,607

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Ignore the Publisher's Summary! This is Amazing!

  • By PW on 04-12-17

Awesome Book

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-16-17

I love a good sci fi book. This meets all of my requirements. It's surprisingly hilarious while allowing me to properly geek out. I would call this a must read/listen. The Dennis Taylor does a stupendous job with all the "Bob's". Story line shows true depth while easy to follow. I hope this ends up being a very long series. It's certainly a universe I could be stuck in for a long time.

  • The Dwellers Saga Omnibus

  • Books 1-3
  • By: David Estes
  • Narrated by: Julia Whelan, Will Damron
  • Length: 29 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 641
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 607
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 605

In a desperate attempt to escape destruction decades earlier, humankind was forced underground into the depths of the Earth, creating a new society called the Tri-Realms. After her parents and sister are abducted by the Enforcers, 17-year-old Adele, a member of the middle-class moon dwellers, is unjustly sentenced to life in prison for her parents' crimes of treason.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Delicious and Unique Journey

  • By K12mom on 09-01-15

Worth listening to. Good performances.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-18-16

The performances were quite good. Characters were well developed and even though the foreshadowing was layer on a bit thick in places where you can anticipate what's about to happen, you still get excited when it does happen.

  • Nevernight

  • The Nevernight Chronicle, Book 1
  • By: Jay Kristoff
  • Narrated by: Holter Graham
  • Length: 20 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,283
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,146
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,140

Daughter of an executed traitor, Mia Corvere is barely able to escape her father's failed rebellion with her life. Alone and friendless, she hides in a city built from the bones of a dead god, hunted by the Senate and her father's former comrades. But her gift for speaking with the shadows leads her to the door of a retired killer and a future she never imagined.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Just try it....

  • By Devontay on 10-27-16

Loved it!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-18-16

Great story. It does start a bit slow but picks up quickly. Performance was stupendous.

5 of 8 people found this review helpful

  • The Vagrant

  • By: Peter Newman
  • Narrated by: Jot Davies
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 327
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 308
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 308

The Vagrant is his name. He has no other. Years have passed since humanity's destruction emerged from the Breach. Friendless and alone he walks across a desolate, war-torn landscape. A s each day passes the world tumbles further into depravity, bent and twisted by the new order, corrupted by the Usurper, the enemy, and his infernal horde. His purpose is to reach the Shining City, last bastion of the human race, and deliver the only weapon that may make a difference in the ongoing war.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • It was the concept and the prose that kept me goin

  • By Alexandra on 08-18-15

Hated the performance

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-16

The way the reader talks is frustrating, it's like a constant pausing for dramatic effect! I did enjoy the story quite a lot. Wish I would've read it instead of listened to it.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful